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40s Fads, Inventions and Flying Saucers

When my son did a 70s fads list on his blog I thought now is a good time to put my 40s list together. I would bet there are some things on this list that will amaze you, having been invented in the 40s.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning (there were only 3 channels – if you were fortunate)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H Green Stamps

16. Hi-fi’s
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys

22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers
26. two piece bikini
27. the Jitterbug
28. the first jet engine
29. Stuart Little was written in the 40s
30. Slinky
31. Moving to the suburbs
32. Bubble gum blowing contests
33. flying saucers
34. Tutti-frutti
35. Zoot suit
36. Atomic Bomb
37. The Wurlitzer Jukebox
38. The First All Electric Computer
39. The United Nations
40. NATO
41. Aerosol Spray Cans
42. Microwave Oven
43. Cake Mix
44. Tupperware
45. Velcro
46. Dairy Queen and Carl’s Jr.
47. old buddy “Kilroy” peeking over the wall
48. Color tv
49. Frisbee
50. Red Ryder BB Gun

I had a query on what were P F Flyers:

PF Flyers are a brand of athletic shoes that are currently manufactured by New Balance. They were first produced by BF Goodrich in 1937. They had popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, but lost steam during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The brand was purchased by Converse in 1972, but later sold off due to antitrust issues. New Balance bought the rights to the brand in 2001 (which had been dormant since 1992) and resurrected it in 2003.
The style most commonly associated with the shoe is the common canvas-duck sneaker, with cloth reaching above the ankle, and a patch that reads “PF Flyers.” This common style is called “Center Hi”. They are very similar to the Chuck Taylor All-Stars manufactured by Converse.